Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (36)

Thank Crunchie it’s Saturday!

16th February 2019
The wind picked up slightly in the early hours of this morning so I was able to get a couple hours rest before beginning the day which marks 6 weeks at sea.

Imagine everything you have done over the past month and a half and then imagine spending all that time alone on a 21ft boat rowing for a minimum of 12hrs per day (usually more) in blazing sunshine, pouring rain, no wind, 33kts of wind and whatever else the elements bring. Let me tell you this has not been an easy journey, now I know why hardly anyone has ever done it.

I am struggling today. I have a headache which I think has been caused by not drinking enough water and not wearing a hat yesterday. I have obviously upped my fluids and put on a hat today but too late for the headache.

I have also pulled some kind of muscle just under my rib cage so it’s pretty painful to row. Despite all this I have no option other than to get on the oars and row. Every hour I am not rowing adds time at the other end and now the end is in sight I am really excited to get there.

Up until this point time has flown by, now time seems to be going very slowly. I am starting to run on empty and need to find some reserves as I still have a week to ten days to go, I know I will find it but it’s going to be a long tough slog.

What did brighten my day was finding a pack of Crunchie bars I forgot I packed. That was an amazing find. I actually shouted “oh my god, Crunchies!!!” I don’t know who to, but it was worth shouting about. 

I was also really pleased to hear about my mum and Lucy taking part in a litter pick in my neighbouring town of Maldon. The event was organised under the row Aurora campaign and 16 people turned up which is amazing. Thank you to everyone who took part especially my Mum and Lucy from the happy hearts keep fit class. What better way to keep fit than go on a litter pick. 

I also got to open my weekly letter from Molly and Rosie, this one was drawing of countries, so if I get lost I can use these. I only have one letter left to go. They really have helped me to mark each week and give me something to look forward to.

Well I am hoping to get some rest in tonight to get rid of this headache, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for an uneventful evening. Hopefully a bit of rest and minus a headache might make tomorrow a bit easier going.

Good night,

Editor’s Note:  Since I shall be travelling throughout Monday, the next blog post will be late, and some comments on this post will not appear until Tuesday.

  1. Colin Baket on February 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Dawn, as a solo nomad on foot your solo nomad effort on sea is beyond unbeleivable.

    An all your blogs i can actually see and feel your issues but in no way capable of dealing with them.

    You are a champion from the day you planned your journey.

    I am impressed by your land lubber support Crewe of husband parents and close friends as that is important for a girl/woman/boy/man with a dream.

    When you are back it would be great to ensure that your efforts do not get as equal publicity as before you set off and maybe get support for a monthly or annual clean up day across the country for beaches and countryside.

    Ever so impressed from the land lubber walker conservationist x

  2. Fisky on February 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Keep it going Dawny. Re the pulled muscle, can you strap it in any way? It will give it some support.
    Last few days girl so give it all you’ve got, which I’m sure you will !! 💪🏼💪🏼

  3. Rob Holloway on February 17, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Yes, the same jubilation came from John and Libby (rowing to Antigua) about 10 days away when a Hobnob bar was found. I do not know how your supplies are doing but they try to keep to a schedule of 2-3 hrs rowing then rest while other takes over . It is the sun that can wreck havoc even resting in the cabin if no wind. Glad to hear you are taking sun protection and of course a large brimmed hat .
    All the best ,,, being the fastest woman to row is a goal .. just pace yourself as your health is the goal
    Here I am trying to encourage you while I sit in a warn house surrounded by snow one can not move out of 🙂 🙂 Our winters in Victoria Canada are normally wet green grass / lol
    I placed your site and link on my FB group and tagged two UK ex police friends of mine

  4. Janet Brien on February 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I take my hat off to you Dawn (Well I would if I had one). This is an amazing thing you are doing. I hope there is a big party for you when you arrive at your destination — not long now.

    I loved your bucket surfing by the way.

    Enjoy your Crunchies !!

  5. Andy & Kathryn on February 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Amazing Dawn. We love reading your updates and think you are amazing. Proud to have worked with you in those early days on the boats!! Keep doing it. X

  6. Jacky on February 17, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Wow you are such an inspiration!!!! Keep going x

  7. Liz Morgan on February 17, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    So glad you found them Crunchies. What a lovely surprise. Got to love a Crunchie. Very proud of you Dawn. Such a long time alone. Mad. But good mad. Rooting for you. Go Dawny Go xx

  8. David, Christina, Reecey and Arabella Mongey on February 18, 2019 at 6:03 am

    You are truly amazing Dawn, keep going, not far left ❤️💖💕💕💕😍😍😍❤️💖💕💕🥰 xxxx

  9. Teresa Sanders on February 18, 2019 at 8:25 am

    I’m going to miss your blogs Dawn they’re a good read …you get to imagine what you’re going through best thought so far is you hanging on for your life with a bucket anchored to your butt with one of your biggest smiles 😁 on your face 😂 …I’ll look forward to reading the book 🤔😉❤

  10. Alistair Sims on February 18, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Sending you strength, virtual paracetamol for your head and ibuprofen for the pulled muscle. Go Dawny Go. Al.

  11. Simon lofting on February 18, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Come on sugar tits, wafty behind you all the way. Just remember good times and belly laughs, like you multiple rolling of the pwc in Dorset, or hanging off the back of the rhib for a peeee.
    End is near xxxxx

  12. Sean Mongey on February 18, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Love reading your blogs way down here in Melbourne Sean Mongey

  13. Linda Coom on February 18, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Bless you, and bless Crunchies!!
    Keep going Dawn, I am literally praying for a decent following wind for you.
    I laughed ’til I cried about the bucket surfing! You don’t need a Guinness record, what you’re doing is absolutely amazing, you already are one of a kind and no one can take away your thunder!
    Not long now, wishing you good speed, stay safe! :)) x

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